Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the University of the Fraser Valley, we declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the University of the Fraser Valley’s mission, of the way it intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on UFV’s Board of Governors, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to UFV’s most recent financial statements.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive acknowledgement and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing UFV will be handled in a professional fashion.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of UFV or hired solicitors.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
As per the UFV Board of Governors Policy Direction on Philanthropy and Gift Management (BPD-210), UFV adopts this UFV Donor Bill of Rights. It was adapted from a document created in 1993 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.